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WCER offering free tennis starting this Saturday

Starting this Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Willmar High School tennis courts Willmar Community Education and Recreation is offering free open tennis to all ages & skill levels.

Ball machines, hopper of balls for serving, free lessons, demo rackets and coaches will be available to play and hit with newcomers. Information will also be available about leagues, lessons and tournaments.

Three from area receive Diamond King Awards

Hardball Hotel recently announce the 2013 Diamond King Award winners, three of which are from the area, Patrick Courtney of Willmar, Nate Gerdes for Central Minnesota Christian and Grant Vagle of New London-Spicer.

Courtney won the Resiliency Award, Gerdes the Accountability Award, Vagle the Discipline Award and St. Anthony Village’s Ryan Rush won the Humility Award.

The 2013 Diamond King Awards will be presented to the four players prior to a St. Cloud Rox game June 29.

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NFL to limit bags brought into stadiums

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Bring yourself to the game. Leave the cooler and backpack at home.

The NFL is tightening stadium security starting this preseason, limiting the size and type of bags fans can bring to the game.

The restrictions are designed to enhance security while speeding up entry into stadiums.

With the exception of medically necessary items, only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches will be allowed. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags also will be OK, as will small clear plastic bags approximately the size of someone’s hand, with or without a handle or strap.

One of those clear bags and a small clutch bag will be allowed per person.

Binoculars, cameras, and smartphones also will be permitted.

Banned items will include purses larger than a clutch bag; coolers; briefcases; backpacks; fanny packs; cinch bags; seat cushions; luggage; computer bags; and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.